Monday, December 8, 2008

Day Without a Gay

The following is quoted from the Day Without a Gay website...

"The worldwide media attention surrounding our massive grassweb efforts for gay rights has been tremendous. Join the Impact was a HUGE success and will continue to thrive because of our efforts.
We've reacted to anti-gay ballot initiatives in California, Arizona Florida, and Arkansas with anger, with resolve, and with courage. NOW, it's time to show America and the world how we love.
Gay people and our allies are compassionate, sensitive, caring, mobilized, and programmed for success. A day without gays would be tragic because it would be a day without love. (Really?)
On December 10, 2008 the gay community will take a historic stance against hatred by donating love to a variety of different causes. On December 10, you are encouraged not to call in sick to work. You are encouraged to call in "gay"--and donate your time to service!"

Well, I guess we can be glad that they aren't "reacting with anger, resolve and courage" anymore. All of this, because they want to redefine one little word. Why they insist on calling it "h8" - I STILL don't get it. No one is taking away any of their actual rights! They can still love whomever they choose. They can still (in the state of CA) adopt children, file joint taxes, get insurance coverage for a domestic partner, work, shop, and live in any community they choose. How does defining "marriage" as between a man and a woman change their lives? How does that take any rights away? How does it show hate?

It is like my 4 year old daughter, who didn't get the cookie that she wanted yesterday. She yelled, "that's not fair!" and "you don't love me!" and she sat on the stairs and pouted. But she could have had a different cookie - it just wasn't the exact one she wanted. That is the problem with people who play the "fairness" card - they would only be satisfied if they got exactly what they wanted, and whether it is fair to anyone else matters little or not at all. This is how I see these militant gays. They are like little children who aren't getting what they want (total acceptance and celebration of their lifestyle), so they cry "Unfair!"

Reality: Life isn't fair. You don't always get your way. Deal with it.


LHohyeah said...

Wasn't there a movie called "A day without a Mexican" a few years ago? It seems like I'd really notice a day without them - a lot of work would go undone! But on the day without the gays, I didn't even know about it until I saw it on the news that night. I never missed them!They were supposed to be out serving the community, but their efforts were invisible. The day they were angry and protesting at the Mormon temple in LA they were very visible. Is it that their efforts to do good don't amount to much? It wasn't that the media didn't find it newsworthy - the story was on the news. It was just that their efforts didn't make any impact. They're not too good at serving - just at complaining.
Just before the election, prop 8 supporters planned to keep our kids out of school for a day to protest the Teacher's Union's involvement. The Superintendent of schools in my district begged us to not participate because he felt that the financial consequences would be devastating. It seems that a day without the children of the religious right, or without the Mexicans would be devastating!The gays cannot say the same.

Teri said...

AMEN to Laura's post and LH's comment!